Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland of West Point, Miss. is the vice president of Mossy Oak in charge of TV and video production. A successful bowhunter, Ronnie has, for many years picked productive tree-stand sites for himself as well as for the hunters and the cameramen who film Mossy Oak’s TV programs and videos.
Although the life of a professional hunter seems glamorous, with Will Primos, you’ll realize he works harder and spends more hours trying to learn about bowhunting and the whitetails he hunts than other hunters do. His advice will help you find and take more bucks with your bow.
“Since I’d been hunting from this stand for 30 years, I knew when a buck was within range,” Wilde says. When the buck was at about 50 yards, Wilde decided he would take him.
“I didn’t get a really-good look at the buck’s rack until after he jumped across the creek,” Olson reports. “Then my heart started pumping overtime, because he was the biggest buck I ever had seen and realized he was Big John
Allen Shelton only had been in his stand about 5 minutes when he saw Mine coming over the hill. He’d named the buck Mine because he intended to take that big buck himself that now was at about 400 yards.
“I guess Parker and I had to drag that deer for about 30 minutes to go that 250 yards,” Mike Simon remembers. “Besides having a big rack, the live weight on that monster was probably 275 pounds.” A huge buck like the one Mike Simon took was a buck of a lifetime.
“I hunt the scraps – small properties, generally 3-20 acres,” David Yutzy of Nickerson, Kansas, says. “No one wants to lease them. Therefore, the farmers allow me to hunt these properties.” And this was where the River Buck was.
The big buck stepped into a shooting lane, 25-yards out, quartering to him, moved forward, stopped again and stood there for some time, while Perry was at full draw. Then he stepped into the second shooting lane at about 17 yards.
Bowfishing has become one of the fastest growing sports in the country with plenty of fish to shoot everywhere. State records may be hard to come by but the fun is ample. So what are you waiting for? Get your line wet.
After taking Megatron in the first daylight hours of Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, on Veterans Day, 2014, at daylight, Franken was again in a tree stand but on another farm 5 miles away from where he’d taken Megatron. His hunting partner texted him and asked, “What kind of buck are you planning to take?”
Fish Hook moved again and stopped about 19 yards from Colton’s tree stand, quartering away from him. Colton put his pin sight on his Bear Anarchy bow behind the buck’s front shoulder and aimed a little high and a little back.
“When I finally reached the buck and put my hands on his antlers, I knew this buck was the biggest I’d ever taken,” Posey explains. “I’d never even seen a buck this big.” And if his friend has waited, the day before, this huge buck might have been his.
“I saw a really-big 9 point that would probably score 140 and then I saw a monster buck that took my breath away. He had a drop tine that looked to be as big as my forearm, and the rest of his rack was really huge.
The bowman who relies on a blood trail and seeing the animal fall will lose more deer than he ever will recover. But the archer who assumes that he’ll have to be able to see and understand even the smallest detail in trailing the deer will more likely than not recover his animal.
Practice alone doesn’t make a better archer. Just because you’ve been bowhunting for several years doesn’t mean you know how to shoot accurately. So, put your ego in your hip pocket. Allow someone else to evaluate your shooting and help you to correct it.
Howard Hill was the first white man to take an elephant with a bow, and did all of the trick shooting in the movie “Robin Hood,” which starred Errol Flynn. It was Hill who actually split the arrow with an arrow in the film.
“I expect every piece of hunting equipment I own to fail at some time,” notes nationally-known bowhunter Dr. Robert Sheppard of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a bowhunting instructor at Westervelt Lodge near Aliceville, Alabama, and Bent Creek Lodge in Jachin, Ala. Do you?
Deer hunting with a bow and arrow is the most-exacting sport in the out-of-doors. To consistently be successful, you constantly must pay attention to even the smallest and most-minute details. This paying attention to detail needs to become a reflex, rather than a thought process.
Part 2: What causes bowhunters to miss bears when the bear is in close? Brown bears are dangerous game. They can attack. When you’re within 20 yards of an 800-pound-plus brown bear, a huge adrenaline rush hits the shooter. How do you control that?
When the time came to hunt, the outfitter took us to a swamp in a helicopter and dropped us off for the day’s hunt. There were herds of buffalo, often 200 to 300 in each herd, living and feeding in that swamp.